The Human Health Observatory In Our Sewers

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After years of being polio-free, Israel was shaken up by the discovery of a silent polio pandemic within its borders in 2013. The outbreak could’ve caused chaos if it had not been caught early. Their saviour? Sewers. In 1989, Israel established a national sewage surveillance system that monitored wastewater for the polio virus. It was this same system that discovered a budding resurgence of the dreaded disease. Experts are now exploring wastewater surveillance to track other diseases, like COVID-19, as wastewater reflects health trends days before cases spike. Read full article here

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